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The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

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Peter Jackson’s latest fore into Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is bloated, and at times nonsensical. This is the continuation of the first movie in which they tell the tale of Bilbo, Martin Freeman, the wizard Gandalf, Ian Mckellen, and the rest of the dwarves as they go on their quest take to back the Arkenstone so they could assemble all the dwarves and kill Smaug.

However, here every scene is packed with action to the point of bursting. This feels more like a video game rather than a story; characters, are mere props to move the story along and common sense (such as the laws of physics) fly out the window. Clearly, the special affects department was working overtime, but the effect does not enhance the movie so much as it detracts. The Orcs flesh appears to have the consistency of feta cheese due to the use of CGI over live actors.

In a classic Hollywood style, a love triangle between an Elf woman, Tauriel, Evangeline Lilly and the most GQ of the dwarves, Kili, Aidan Turner and Legolas, Orlando Bloom was created. One has to ask, when all the other dwarves have such obvious (and at times almost grotesque) features, how does Kili end up looking um… human?

Aside from this, there are the many other subplots: what will happen to Laketown? What will happen to Gandalf, who is on a mission to confront the Necromancer? Who is the Necromancer?

Still the biggest disappointment was the confrontation between Bilbo and Smaug. Gone is the witty, snappy dialogue which was in the book, and instead we have a shaking, scared Hobbit who uses the ring sparingly. There were so many moments when Smaug should have vaporized him, yet, does not. Thorin, Richard Armitage, the dwarf king stands on the tip of Smaug’s jaws and yet, he does not simply eat him.

There are so many absurd choices that the writers make that one has to ponder, did they make this movie to advance the plot or merely to fill time, so they could produce the next installment. The ending left one thinking, what? And worse, no! It ends on the worst possible note, leaving the audience not wanting more, but wondering why.

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